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Clarkson University to Host Veterans Appreciation Day January 5

Clarkson University is kicking off the New Year by continuing its long-running commitment to veterans.

There are approximately 47,500 veterans living in the North Country in Lewis, Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Franklin and Clinton counties. Some may not be aware of, or have questions about, the veterans’ benefits to which they are entitled.

The second annual Veterans Appreciation Day, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on January 5 in Clarkson University’s Student Center, is designed to answer those questions. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. or can be done online.

Clarkson President Tony Collins says that the University is extremely pleased to host the event again; the first one was held on campus last June.

"Our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and our repeated ranking as a ‘Military Friendly School’ and are just two indicators of Clarkson's high regard for our nation’s veterans," says Collins. “The University is fully committed to enabling them to further their education."

The public is invited to an opening ceremony, complete with a color guard and Prisoner of War/Missing in Action presentation from 1 to 1:30 p.m.

After that, Clarkson will host nearly 60 organizations providing veterans’ services, including representatives from area colleges, hospitals and community groups. A full list of participating organizations, as well as registration information, can be found at .

Those organizations and three “town hall” style meetings on healthcare, VA and educational benefits will address any questions veterans might have, or provide them with information they weren't aware of previously, according to Michael Boprey, director of St. Lawrence County Veteran’s Services.

“The main goal at this event is to get veterans connected to their benefits,” says Boprey.

The first Veterans Appreciation Day, held last June at Clarkson, drew more than 400 visitors, according to committee member and retired Army Col. William Murphy. This year, organizers are hoping for 400-500 guests.

“We need to remember the veterans that have served this country and have protected this country from the different conflicts that existed in the world,” says Murphy. “We owe a debt of gratitude to our veterans.”

There will be no charge for the event, and both Clarkson University and St. Lawrence University have donated tickets to their respective men’s hockey games that evening for those who pre-register at

This year’s event will pay special tribute to the veterans of the Korean War. The 60th anniversary of that war’s end will occur in summer 2013.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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